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8dSteve Fainaru and Mark Fainaru-Wada

OTL: NFL rewards, punishes as research funder

8dSteve Fainaru and Mark Fainaru-Wada

OTL: NFL rewards, punishes as research funder

Behind the NFL's donations for brain research is a funding apparatus that some researchers believe steers research away from potentially uncomfortable truths about football and brain disease.

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MLB permanently bans Mejia for PED violations

Mets pitcher Jenrry Mejia has received a permanent suspension from Major League Baseball after testing positive for a banned performance-enhancing substance for the third time.

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LeBron's admiration for Kobe goes back to childhood (1:04)
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1hScoop Jackson

Scoop Jackson: Thirty years of Jordans

If you think Air Jordans are just sneakers, you're missing the point. Scoop Jackson details the 30-year reign of the world's most recognizable basketball shoe.

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Final seconds, who's taking the shot? You or Steph? (1:27)
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2hPierre LeBrun

LeBrun: John Scott finally getting back on the ice

The past month has been crazy for John Scott, with All-Star controversy giving way to a feel-good story, movie offers and the birth of twin girls. Now, the tough guy is ready to get back to work.

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4hArash Markazi

How longest of long shots could make history

Premier League leader Leicester City entered the season as a 5,000-1 underdog -- the same chance as a bet on Elvis being alive -- which is why the English soccer team could become the undisputed champion of beating the odds.

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Kobe Bryant All-Star Mixtape (2:42)
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6hJohnette Howard

Why Manning's decision might not be so easy

Justin Tuck, Jerome Bettis, Damien Woody and Bill Polian provide insight into the things an NFL player like Peyton Manning takes into consideration when deciding whether to retire.

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Kobe honored to witness the progression of the game (0:31)
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4hKevin Pelton

Pelton: Rockets should trade James Harden

Would the Lakers or Celtics trade for The Beard? Here are four trades that work, Kevin Pelton says, if the Rockets focus on the real problem in Houston: James Harden.

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Daugherty: 'Black cloud hangs over Dwight' (2:02)
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2hSonia Thompson

The Buzz: Kristen Wiig is hilarious as Super Bowl champ

Jimmy Fallon interviews Super Bowl champion quarterback Peyton Manning, aka Kristen Wiig dressed in a full Broncos uniform, and you'll be cracking up for the full six minutes.

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Shelburne: Following Kobe is like following the Pope (1:24)
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Bubble Watch: Time is running out for LSU

The most interesting team in Bubble Watch history got more interesting with a loss at South Carolina. Saturday's date with Texas A&M is one of few opportunities remaining for the Tigers.

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3hDavid Schoenfield

Ranking the teams: 30 through 25

The Reds have Joey Votto, but not much else. David Schoenfield kicks off his pre-spring training rankings with a look at MLB's likely bottom-feeders.

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Curry, Warriors still want to break '95-96 Bulls' win record (1:04)
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12mPaul Lukas

Uni Watch: History of NBA All-Star design

Friday Flashback: NBA All-Star Game design has bounced all over the place, like a Larry Bird shot in a game of H-O-R-S-E. Paul Lukas explores the history of the showcase game's uniforms.

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1dSeth Wickersham and Don Van Natta Jr.

Inside the NFL's wild return to LA

Few could have guessed that the league's return would become so bloody, bitter and, most of all, emblematic of how power in the NFL truly works.

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Emotional night for Thunder (1:05)
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Greeny: 'No confidence' in the IOC (1:43)
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Morning 3-on-3: Alex Ovechkin is back on top

A hat trick on Thursday has Alex Ovechkin back atop the goal-scoring race. In Friday's Morning 3-on-3, we discuss his recent surge, changes to his game and what they mean for the Caps.

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7hKeith Law

Law's Top 100 prospects

Keith Law lays out his highly anticipated annual list of the top 100 prospects in baseball, with talented Dodgers shortstop Corey Seager topping it.

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5hKeith Law

Law: Prospects who just missed Top 100

Keith Law profiles 10 MLB prospects who just missed his Top 100 rankings, including Pirates third-base prospect Ke'Bryan Hayes, son of former big leaguer Charlie Hayes.

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4hDarren Rovell

Guinness hooks up Watt with special bottle label

ESPN caught up with J.J. Watt during his trip to Ireland and asked him about his affinity for Guinness, which recently presented the Texans star with his own beer bottle label.

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KC Joyner

Joyner: Eagles need to keep Sam Bradford

Free-agent-to-be Sam Bradford isn't going to be cheap, but he is the right quarterback for the Philadelphia Eagles going forward, writes KC Joyner.

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6hBuster Olney

The Royals' two-year plan

Owners of consecutive American League pennants and a World Series title, the Royals have a clear window to add to their legacy, writes Buster Olney.

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Top 300 fantasy MLB rankings

Mike Trout, Carlos Correa and Josh Donaldson will be at the top of every fantasy most-wanted list, but who else should be sought after? The Fantasy Staff ranks the top 300 players for all your roto needs.

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Kristen Wiig's perfect Peyton impression
NFL 

Favorite color? "Green-ish." Favorite clothing store? "Sears." -- Peyton Manning, aka Wiig. Watch

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NFL 

Adam Rubin @AdamRubinESPN

This also marks the second time Jenrry Mejia has tested positive for a PED while still under a suspension for a positive PED test.

Adam Rubin @AdamRubinESPN

Jenrry Mejia is the first major or minor league player to ever receive a permanent suspension under MLB's drug-testing program.

Mets Mejia permanently suspended
MLB 

Reliever Jenrry Mejia has been permanently suspended from MLB after testing positive for Boldenone, his third performance-enhancing substance violation under the Joint Drug Prevention and Treatment Program.

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MLB 

Tito Ortiz cited for battery
MMA 

The fighter was cited for misdemeanor battery outside of a Las Vegas nightclub early Friday morning, following an alleged dispute with a woman over a cell phone. A spokesperson for the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department confirmed the citation to ESPN, following an initial report by TMZ. Story

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MMA 

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Chauncey Billups never played with Michael Jordan in the NBA, but he gets to play with Michael B. Jordan in the celebrity game tonight (7 ET, ESPN): "He'll be my most famous teammate ever."

Who takes the final shot: You or Steph?
NBA 

Turns out, about half the NBA players questioned would rather have Stephen Curry -- and not themselves -- taking a last-second shot.

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NBA 

Which sports couples made the 'A-List?'

In honor of Valentine's Day, espnW celebrates eight of the most lovable "teams" they can't get enough of. #RelationshipGoals

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Uni Watch: History of NBA All-Star design
NBA 

The design of the NBA All-Star Game uniforms has bounced all over the place, like a Larry Bird shot in a game of H-O-R-S-E. Uni Watch

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NBA 

Jim Harbaugh racks up $136K recruiting tab
NCAAF 

Through the use of a private jet and with an average of $10,000 per day in expenses, Harbaugh's staff reached the figure over a 12-day period early last year, according to USA Today Sports. Recruiting costs

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NCAAF 

Who will win Super Bowl LI?
NFL 

We're back to Roman numerals for the 2016 season, where the early title favorites include the Patriots, Panthers, Seahawks and Steelers. Who's going to win? Vote

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NFL 

#SquadGoals: Steph, Ayesha and FLOTUS
NBA 

When Stephen and Ayesha Curry visited the White House, they sang a song about bananas with the First Lady. 'Ba-ba-ba-banana'

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NBA 

Berry's very early 2016 fantasy rankings
NFL 

For those who never stop preparing for the next season, Matthew Berry gets a jumpstart with a few assumptions, including Peyton Manning's retirement and a healthy Le'Veon Bell. Fantasy football rankings

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NFL 

Robert Kraft tweaks Manning family
NFL 

Peyton Manning has another Super Bowl ring to add to the Manning's collection, but the Patriots owner is not impressed. "I happened to see Archie [at the Super Bowl]," Kraft told WCVB. "He has two sons now, who have won two Super Bowls [each]. But with all due respect, we got one son -- who has won four."

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NFL 

The NHL trade deadline scramble
NHL 

With the Feb. 29 deadline looming, it is essential for clubs in the Central division, the most competitive division expected to send five teams to the playoffs, to separate themselves from the pack. Buyers or sellers (Insider)

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NHL 

Hoge: Forte would be a good guy to get
NFL 

An NFL team looking for a proven running back and team leader should consider Matt Forte, according to Merril Hoge.

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Steph's favorite Kobe moment
NBA 

Kobe Bryant has had many great moments on the court, but the ultimate -- in Stephen Curry's mind -- is the time he scored 81 points.

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NBA 

Chipper, Ward to join Georgia Hall of Fame
NFL 

Former Braves star Chipper Jones and four-time Pro Bowler Hines Ward are among eight who will be inducted into the Georgia Sports Hall of Fame this month. Story

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NFL 

Peyton's decision might not be so easy
NFL 

An NFL player takes a lot of factors into consideration when deciding whether to retire. As Former Patriots and Jets center Damien Woody put it: "I don't think the love of game ever leaves you. Ever. It's the wear of preparing Monday through Saturday. And the offseason. The minicamps. The meetings." A gift and a curse

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NFL 

The first time D-Wade faced Kobe
NBA 

It was his first season in the NBA, and Dwyane Wade doubts he was even on Kobe Bryant's radar, which made the pure joy of scoring on him that much more special.

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NBA 

Champions League Round-of-16 Forecast
Soccer 

Will Barcelona become the first team in 20-plus years to repeat as champs? A team-by-team projection of the Champions League knockout round might help answer some questions. Team most likely to raise trophy (Insider)

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Soccer 

Is a $400M deal enough for Bryce Harper?
MLB 

In an interview with 106.7 FM The Fan on Thursday, the reigning NL MVP said he doesn't think much about his future payday, with one important caveat. 'Don't sell me short'

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MLB 

Chicharito could miss 2-3 weeks
Soccer 

Javier "Chicharito" Hernandez (torn left gluteal muscle) was injured in Bayer Leverkusen's DFB-Pokal defeat to Werder Bremen and will "most likely" miss the next two weeks, Leverkusen coach Rogers Schmidt said, adding, "We can't really foresee when he'll be fit again. The healing process can take one, two or three weeks."

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